Eastern Cape Dept of Education hoping to move past the disappointment of 2014

SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula on Tuesday said that the province was ready for the 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) final examinations, also known as the Matric exams. The exams are expected to start on Monday, 26 October and end on 27 November.  

Results will be available at schools on January 6, 2016.

In 2014, 91 247 candidates - 21 376 as private candidates and 69 745 as full-time learners, sat for the exams at 1 431 public and independent examination centres across the province. 

Despite a slight improvement in the province's 2014 Matric pass rate, it remained the worst performing province at 65.4%, up from 64.9% in 2013. Three schools recorded a zero percent pass.

Makupula said they were hoping to increase the 2015 Matric pass rate to 70%.

"We think that it is reachable to take it to 70%. Less strikes took place and there was less noise about teacher shortages - yes, they were there, but they were not as in the previous years. This means that more time was spent in the classroom.

"I am confident to say as a department, we have done our best to reach that target," he said.

The province's 2014 Matric result was also tainted when it emerged that several centres in the province had been implicated in the group cheating scandal.

Northern Areas protests

It still remains to be seen if parents in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas will make good on their word to prevent their children from writing the 2015 Matric exams like they threatened in August.

The threat came after the parents prevented their children from attending classes at around 32 schools for almost two weeks as they protested for more teachers.